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The sun will rise over the nether…

Our collega at Pop are now making wooden toys, and are doing it right, off course! They even just recruited a Japanese rider! But don't be confused, whenever he is finally allowed to travel from Osaka to Amsterdam, he won't feel lost in streets of paving blocks…

"Movie This" (1991)

... Or the joy of stumbling upon a gem of a skate video by chance, around a random YouTube corner, to then realize - upon further investigation - that it in fact happens to double up as some of the earliest works of a now universally renowned movie director. "MOVIE THIS" was sculpted and polished back in Oslo sometime in prehistory (circa 1991), and Jørgen Johannessen just dug it up for public display. A time capsule that testifies of how sharply up-to-date the locals were at the time (with advanced tricks that really don't blemish from the comparison with then-contemporary U.S. productions such as "1281"), but also of an era at large - maybe representative of the general skate energy in Europe that was before the New World Order.
 
Jørgen Johannessen, YouTube king of the day, tells the story:
 
"'MOVIE THIS' (1991) is the very first film by now acclaimed director Joachim Trier ('REPRISE', 'OSLO, AUGUST 31ST', 'THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD'). Trier was a champion skateboarder in Norway around 1989-92, and made two skate videos (including my personal favorite: 'GÆRRALONG GÆNG' from 1992), before moving onto film school and film production.
 
A lot of the footy in 'MOVIE THIS' is from a local, Oslo skatepark called Rikshallen (the national indoor arena, 1990-1994), where I first met Trier, his crew and several of my best friends today. The place was loosely run by late teens and had pretty much zero rules. The older skaters still treated us kids OK, and I have great memories from the place. 
 
Since the film is now thirty years old, I hit up Trier about putting the whole thing on YouTube, and he was totally cool about it. The line-up in the film is massive, some of the guys are alive and well, some no longer among us. Anyway, it's a great trip down memory lane seeing the film today, as well as it serves as a document over a time and place that no longer exists." - Jørgen Johannessen

 

Lux Veritas

"LUX VERITAS" is a three-minute VX edit that was assembled by Sami Lababedi, and recently shown at the latest Parisian Roundabout to date - that is, Sergej Vutuc's itinerant, independent skate film festival, that one time as part of PSSFF. About the clip, Sami speaks the truth:

"Well in the first place, those clips were something nobody was doing anything with - they had been just sitting there for a while, on this or that filmer's hard drives.

I thought that was a bit of a shame, and so I suggested to get them and put them all together into one edit of my friends, filmed throughout Paris, Brussels and the South of France." - Sami Lababedi

Bandung break

Straight out of Bandung, the fourth biggest city in Indonesia is coming to us the opportunity to catch "[THE] BREAK", after thirty days of incessant filming over the course of the local lockdown. Which just so happened to result in no less than a twelve-minute stream of original styles and spots still wrapped in their own pristine exoticism, but not of the least rugged type otherwise. All at the service of the good, ol' round fisheye and some fast-paced editing; when it comes to inspiring you to explore new skate territory, this video should do the trick! And we're talking some collective local work, seeing as Alvin Flip and Iyofrd collected all those clips, while Indra Domdom, their main subject of choice himself was tasked with the editing. The project was supposed by clothing brand United Hart, shoe brand Saint Barkley and skate brand Hello Skate. Thanks to Rayis Bisyir of Malacca Skateboards for keeping us in the loop - make sure to (re-) watch his own productions, whilst more is on the way already!

Ruben Spelta / 5 W's!

Ah, the Ruben case… The elusive one, unless maybe we’re talking around the corner of this or that random street in Milan, whose silhouette is very particularly distinguishable on skateboard and yet had never really been granted the opportunity to express himself in words in skate media up until now. Well today, here he is making both forms meet, in 5 W's form complete with skate rat wisdom and also with a brand new part, which we hope you’ll find some of your own inspiration in!

Bordeaux Exposure 3

After some recent, heavy teasing, there it is: the brand new, third installment in the "BORDEAUX EXPOSURE" series by Julien Januszkiewicz (whose works and character LIVE has been following since the inception of the series!), finally online in full for you to get to take a gander. Please expect no less than twenty five-minutes of urban skateboarding around Bordeaux, France, but not just that - as Julien also went to film a copious number of talented stylers' peregrinations through the streets of Paris, Milan, Geneva, Montpellier and Lyon. If the bite hits just the right spot, then you can always order the corresponding DVD from Palomino, for instance - or take a look at the soft goods and digital download combos Julien is offering on his website, as a way to thank him!

Oh and yeah - the second video is still up in full here for a revisit, or any need of catching up.

PREMIERE / "SHIT PIE" / Nebojša Resanović & Hana Piščević / INTERVIEW

Recommending someone "SHIT PIE" for breakfast, lunch or dinner normally wouldn't communicate the best of intents regarding their sensorial satisfaction nor their general well-being and yet, this one from Serbia is a specialty LIVE is proud to be serving red hot as the recipe here really consists in a mix of authenticity, creativity and weighs in at just as many calories as the next ten Instagram accounts of motivational memes. Live, laugh, love, Nebojša Resanović and Hana Piščević definitely did all of that during the cooking of "SHIT PIE", filmed throughout the heaviest of the local lockdown hours - the result being a fresh skate short film in beautiful settings, showcasing untouched spots in just one Belgrade neighborhood, inventive tricks, raw enthusiasm and impatient drivers, LIVE just had to catch up with the couple for a slice - now feel free to help yourself in the interview, below!

Literal r(a)ising sun

The first excerpt from the new Far East Skate Network DVD "BEYOND THE BROADCASTINGS" (available straight from them here, and in Europe here) to pop up online is no other than Léo Valls' part, filmed by Shigeta Iha at the service of Takahiro Morita's vision and theory - one according to which, allegedly, early morning energy is especially favorable to purely spontaneous skateboarding. And so that's how, throughout one month back in 2014 (right after the filming of the Magenta full-length video "JUST CRUISE"), filming meet-ups were arranged every Saturday, 5:30 A.M. at the Sunplaza spot in Nakano, Tokyo prior to exploring the neighboring streets and alleyways, in search of the next curb to exploit - and let's not even get into the now world-renowned metaru banksu de gozaimasu... The footage took its time to show up, but the energy only aged like the finest of Bordeaux wines - and here's perhaps an opportunity to remind you, on a side note, about the recent release of "BORDEAUX EXPOSURE III" by Julien Januszkiewiczhere. The - original - soundtrack is by the amazing Yoshiharu Yoshida (of O.P.S.B.), and it's Léo's wife and newly a mother, Lauren, who sings and will teach you some yoga.

Full Loophole!

This is not our first time praising it, or those guys' output in general but finally, today, we're here: the VX full-length of the year, by Zach Chamberlin for Loophole Wheels: "NEW DOORS HAVE OPENED" is up in its entirety for everyone to stream on the sextuple V, and it's packed with unique spots, styles somehow flexible enough for those, funky maneuvers, San Francisco vibes and postmodern lines. Of course, the production itself is impeccable, truly honoring the legacy of the best, most classic S.F. videos all the while cultivating an originality of its own - because Zach. If this doesn't get you hyped for your next session or maybe twelve, then it's surely because you're missing the zines, wheels and various other goodies meant to accompany such a great piece of work, which you can check out here.

Uncenso-Rennes

Its very author will be introducing today's video in just a second, below but in a nutshell yes, indeed, it is of Rennes, France that we're talking about here, with its local skate scene which has only been radiating creativity and talent for a good moment now (it's already been eleven years since "CROSSWALK"!). And while still awaiting the new Bears Skateshop video on LIVE soon (with a brand new Hugo Maillard part, out of all its other qualities), feel free to feast off "UNCENSO-RENNES", the new full-length video by Théo Le Guével - who recounts: 

"‌'UNCENSO-RENNES' is a Rennes-based skate video project, filmed over a year with a Sony VX-2000, and a solid crew of about ten skaters and then all the homies - in between the new spots that keep popping up everywhere and the older ones, already worn down by the previous generations. This was a good opportunity for many people from different horizons - Nantes, Lannion, Lorient, Lille - to meet one another, and Rennes prides on its cosmopolitanism! It was also my chance to figure out the world of the VX, complete with its intricacies: dying camera heads, glitchy tapes and faulty capturing hardware! But the joy of manipulating such a camera is worth it in the end, and so is sharing the hype around a clip with everybody. Also we managed to premiere the video at some bars, which was a good reconciliation with normal life in between two lockdowns. Well there you go - a forty minute-trip in the capital of Brittany.

I would also like to dedicate this video to Samuel Lefranc, featured in the project, who recently passed away." - Théo Le Guével

You may also watch '"UNCENSO-RENNES" part by part, individually, on Théo's YouTube channel!

 

Freedom!

Yes, this edit has been online for two years now and no, it never got old since - as the real ones already know - sincere and finely executed skateboarding never ages. Also, an opportunity to invite you to (re-)watch "BROTHERS", the full-length video by Nino Jurlina, interviewed here and still at the head of Simple Skateboards, straight out of his humble workshop in the midst of the fantastic Croatian scene. Speaking of which, please make sure to stay tuned for Vladimir Film Festival-related news aplenty (including a brand new website), real soon!

Word Is Bond "SNAFU" / PREMIERE

Multiple times in the past, LIVE has been sharing video productions by Gerardo Sosa - who is, seemingly naturally, always going great lengths to cover the skate scenes all around Latin America; remember, we even interviewed him a while back about "SITUACIÓN DE CALLE", his Buenos Aires, Argentina full-length document. Today and many urban peregrinations later, he is back with an exclusive edit: "SNAFU", three minutes all shot in Guatemala City, very much in the vein of "PACHITO" and, as a complement, he recounts:

"With everything being as hectic as it is all over the world, it's good to see skaters still hungry to get clips - no matter what. I was trying to take it easy on the video making after filming a full-length, but the fire was still going. Had a visit from our friends from Costa Rica, then found a couple of clips I thought I had lost, then went out skating with Mark Williams one afternoon and got a handful of tricks of him on some spots that no one had skated. 'Situation Normal - All Fucked Up'!" - Gerardo Sosa / Word Is Bond

And so, to be expected: your daily dose of original terrain, and some colorful maneuvers on the plank courtesy of Mark Williams, Gerardo himself, David FernandezTotioIvan Arcia and Daniel Chacón.

Now, for even more from Latin America, let's invite you to check out "FASTIDIO" on Bandcamp for the latest record to date featuring skater, artist and D.I.Y. entrepreneur Monki a.k.a. Tomas Spicolli, on Discos Corrosivos (Tomas is also affiliated with Tildaflipers and Masao gallery); also, make sure to keep an eye on Transmisión Skate Peru, a new skate platform from Lima.

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